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Law Department - Paralegal Studies

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Note: Winter Online Law Classes ( January 3rd - February 5th - accelerated - 15 weeks of work all done in 5 weeks - on campus classes start in the Spring Semester - February through June 2006) can be added by using the phone (To enroll by phone: Call the STEP system using a touch-tone telephone at the date and time of your enrollment appointment or anytime after your appointment until one day prior to the start of classes. System Hours: Monday through Saturday from 8:00am to 11:00pm STEP telephone numbers: (818) 988-2222 - (213) 689-8888 - (310) 605-0505 or by adding classes through the Student Information System at http://www.laccd.edu/student_information/sis_logon.asp?campus=d.)

Winter Etudes Classes will not be "opened" for work until Monday, January 2nd at 7 am. You will not be able to access your classes to work on them before that date. Your final date to submit work is Sunday 2-05-06. Deadlines are all at 11:30 pm on the assigned duedates. This allows for everyone to start and finish the class together. In the meanwhile, familiarize yourself with the information below, and take the orientation if you have never done an "etudes" online class. You must stay "on top" of these classes. You cannot submit "late work", and missing assignments will really hurt your grade. Read and apply information on study skills.

All work in the class must be completed by the final date listed in your assigned duedates (2/05/06 - Sunday). Print out the "Duedates" for your respective class(es). Please note the date and time each assignment is "due". It is regularly at 11:30 pm. You cannot log on at 11;29 pm and hope to "post" your work in time, as it will time out, and not allow you to post after 11:30 pm. So be very careful to allow enough time to post your work before the 11:30 pm deadline.

Law 34 assignments are due on Mondays, Law 1 on Tuesdays, Law 13 on Wednesdays, Law 16 on Thursdays and Law 17 on Fridays. This allows students enrolled in more than one class to have work due on different days of the week. (remember 11:30 pm -no later)

Also please note that the last day of the semester is 2-05-06, and your last one or two assignments will be due on Sunday 2-05-06, and NOT your regularly scheduled day of the week, so please take careful notice of this, and do not mistake the due dates for your last one or two assignments.

Tutoring Program and "Meet and Confer" - In the Fall 2005 semester, we piloted a new program - the "tutoring program" - see program guidelines - We now have an excellent team of tutors who can help you with any questions you might have. Please take advantage of contacting them. There were excellent students, and encountered all of the same problems you will face with our law materials. We also meet "on the phone, once a week, with any interested students, the tutors, and one of our law instructors. This is a chance to ask questions "face to face", or "ear to ear". The students who participated in the fall "Meet and Confer" sessions found them very useful, helpful and supportive. Try them. I promise that you will not be disappointed.

1. Take "Orientation" and learn how to use Etudes - (click here ) - great new Orientation to etudes for new students. Read "How to Login" to Etudes - (click here)  Read about Etudes "FAQ"- (click here. ). Read typical day in the life of an online student (click here). Read Information on our new "pilot project" - Online Tutoring (click here) if you are taking Law 1, 2, 10, 11, 18, or 19. Read information on our "Meet and Confer" (click here)- here is our list of tutors (click here) - Join the List Serv so you can receive emails about courses, jobs, program announcements (click here)
Check out these useful resources to help you navigate through all of our online materials-(click here.)

read Prof J's Blogs (recent updates about important information for students in the paralegal program (click here). Also read Paralegal Jobs Blog (click here) - this will update you on getting a paralegal job once you graduate with your certificate.

Read about legal research (click here), also learn about citations (click here), and how to brief law cases (click here). Read "How to Study Law (click here), Good Legal Writing (click here), and Readling like a Lawyer (click here)

2. Read the Description about your Class -(click here) Read the Paralegal Program Objectives (click here). Read "How to Improve your Quiz Scores" (this is for Quizzes in Law 1, 2, 10, and 10) (click here), and then read our Policy on Appeals on Disputed Questions (click here).

3. Read the Syllabus for your class (click here) - read the Due Dates for your class (click here)

4. Order your textbook (click here)

5. Read carefully our Policy on Late Assignments -(click here)

6. Read Grading Rubric for law classes - (click here) . A note on grades: you can check your grades in an etudes class by first clicking under "assignments", and then go to the bottom and click on "my grades". Also note that grades will be posted by your professor to show your progress in the class. You can be dropped from the class, without notice, if you are carrying an "F" in the class. If you are dropped, you no longer will be able to work under etudes. However, it is the student's responsibility to drop the class at the college or district level. It is not the instructor's responsibility. Some students are dropped from the etudes class, and think that the instructor has excluded them, and then receive an F on their transcript. If you are not going to continue in the class, do not leave it to the instructor to exclude you. Go to the student information system and drop yourself. This is the only way to protect yourself from not getting an F for failing to complete the class.

7. Lecture outlines - (click here), powerpoint slides -(click here), Emmanuel Summary of Law - (click here)   ** only for Law 1, 11, 12, 16, and 19

8. Bookmark Law Dictionary - (click here) click here

9. Read Our Policy on Plagiarism -(click here) click here, Our Program embraces "Academic Honesty and Integrity" - (click here)

10. Look at Paralegal Certificate - (click here) and also our online certificate - (click here)

11. Look at Mission College webpage - (click here) and look at Students - (click here), look at student information system - (click here)

12. Bookmark these pages to go to your 'etudes classrooms' - Fall 2005 classes

13. Familiarize yourself with the Important Dates for the College, and your classes. (click here)

14. Please be respectful to your instructor and other students. Please do not abuse the etudes message system when you are using it in the classroom. It is a privilege and not a right. Please carefully read the Standards of Student Conduct - (click here). Read Students Rights and Responsibilities (click here).

Nice having you all as students. Welcome Aboard. Work hard, and enjoy your classes. Do not hesitate to email your online instructor if you have any questions.

Enjoy your classes.

email Prof. J at abogado@pacbell.net or call him on his cell phone 818-415-2015 if you have any questions.

elcome to the L.A. Mission College Paralegal Studies Program.

Congratulations on making the "wise" decision to pursue a Paralegal Certificate through our school, and also if you have decided to just take one of our excellent law classes.

The Paralegal Certificate Program should take you between 12-18 months. Let us know how we can help you.

First you need to "apply for admission" to our college. Second, check the law classes which are being offered, and course schedules. Third "register for your classes". If you have any problems, contact Rosalie Torres in "Admissions" at 818-364-7612, or Prof. Jordan, at abogado@pacbell.net, or call him on his cell phone at 818-415-2015. (see "register for your classes")

Once you have registered, then you can "Get Started". Also read "First Day of Class". If you have not taken an online class using the "Etudes" course management system, then take the etudes orientation to get an idea of how to navigate around the class, how to submit your work, assignments, documents, and quizzes.

Buy your textbooks, read "about our students", read "Profj"s Blogs", FAQ's, print out your "duedates" (these are your online assignments), read the description of your class, your class syllabus, our policy on "late assignments" and "plagiarism", go to your "etudes class", and post your introduction. You can always email your instructor if you have questions about your classes. Read "About our Program", our students, history, our "accreditation and compliance" statement, "Why you should choose our program",

Again welcome to our Program. We are very proud of you for "accepting" the challenges to become a Paralegal, and to become trained in our Program. As we say at Mission, "Our Mission is Your Success".

notes: 1. A C or higher is required in each class taken to obtain your certificate
            2. Students cannot login to begin their "etudes" class until a few days before each given semester or session. (everyone starts the semester at the same time, and completes work at the same time at the end of the semester)

Prof. J.
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